Working at Dobama

Are you ready to partner with Dobama? See information below about our Volunteer, Audition, Internship, and General Employment opportunities.


There are several Volunteer Opportunities available. If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to view the Volunteer Interest form. After filling in the form, save it and close it. Then you can either email the completed form to Mindi Bonde, Front of House Coordinator, at, or send via mail to:

Mindi Bonde, Front of House Coordinator
c/o Dobama Theatre
2340 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Tips on filling in the Volunteer Interest Form

You must save the completed form in order to attach it to an e-mail message. Click in the ‘Name’ field and type your name.  You can press Tab to move to the next field, or just click in the appropriate field.  Please enter your entire address, including City, State & Zip.  Enter any phone number you would like us to have – you can include (h), (w), or (c) if you have multiple phone numbers.  And enter any e-mail addresses you would like us to have – you can use the same notations (h), (w) or (c).  You can click on any of the checkboxes, or if you use the Tab key to move between fields, you can press the Spacebar to enter a check.  In the explanation fields, you can enter up to 2 lines for each column.  If you have any comments, you can enter them in the last field.

Volunteer as an Usher

Volunteering as an usher is a great way for theatre lovers of all ages (and all budgets) to go behind the scenes and see a Dobama play for FREE – we’re always looking for responsible and friendly people to help us welcome our audiences. If you are interested in ushering for Dobama productions, contact us Front of House Coordinator Mindi Bonde at or call us at 216.932.6838.

Duties & Attire

Ushers are typically called to the theatre 60 minutes prior to the curtain time of a production (though this may vary according to the needs of the play), and are expected (unless otherwise noted) to wear black and white attire.  Duties include inserting marketing materials into programs, learning about the seating and theatre protocol, tearing tickets and helping guests find their seats, picking up the theatre space following the performance and most importantly, helping make each patron’s experience as pleasant as possible. 

Volunteer Behind-the-scenes

Good with a hammer?  Enjoy painting?  Put your talents to use by assisting backstage at Dobama.  If you are interested, contact the Dobama office at 216.932.6838.



Dobama Theatre is holding joint Equity Principal Auditions (EPAs) with CPH for the coming 2018-19 season. You will be able to be seen by both companies with a single audition. These auditions are for local Equity actors, and by appointment only. (Please note that AEA defines local as actors with housing available within a 50-mile radius of the theatre). Non-union actors: please see the note about local auditions at the end of this notice.


Saturday, April 21st from 11:00am-6:00pm
Monday, April 23rd from 11:00am-6:00pm


Middough Building, Outcalt Rehearsal Hall (Room #545)
1901 East 13th Street
5th floor

*by appointment only


Interested in an internship at Dobama Theatre? We are Northeast Ohio’s leading professional theatre dedicated to Cleveland premieres of contemporary plays by emerging and established playwrights – one of the region's only full-time Equity Small Professional Theatres. Interns gain professional experience helping to produce some of the best new plays in American Theatre for Cleveland audiences.



Dobama Theatre offers hands-on experience in artistic and management areas, including Arts Management, Finance, Marketing, Development, Event Planning, Stage Management, Box Office/Front of House, Lighting, Sound, Costume, Scenic Design, Projection Design, Directing and Props. Interns gain valuable experience and are presented with many networking opportunities with theatre professionals in the greater Cleveland area.



Artistic Direction/Directing Interns assist in the direction or dramaturgical work of at least two mainstage productions per season and shadow the Artistic Director and Production Manager for the remaining productions. Artistic Direction Interns assist in both the operations of the theatre and the rehearsal process and, in some cases, can direct smaller scale projects and events such as readings and education programs.

Design Interns serve as assistants to Dobama’s Resident Designers or Resident Scenic Artist on mainstage productions. In some cases, design interns can design smaller scale projects and events themselves. They assist their respective supervisors in both the rehearsal and technical processes and get experience hanging equipment, writing cues, creating artistic material and much more.

Stage Management Interns assist Dobama’s Resident Stage Managers on at least two mainstage productions. Stage Management Interns can earn professional credits from an Equity theatre and are also offered the opportunity to enroll in the Equity Membership Candidate program.

Administration/Box Office Interns get experience in the day-to-day running of an Equity Small Professional Theatre. Work in marketing, public relations, contracts, archiving, ticketing/box office, front-of-house and much more. Get hands-on training in theatre management and assist in planning special events including fundraisers, donor appreciation parties and receptions.

Production Interns serve as Production Assistants on mainstage productions and assist with the production management of the Playwrights’ GYM and the Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival.

Technical Interns assist Dobama’s Resident Technical Director and Master Carpenter with the construction of each mainstage set throughout the season. Get experience working with designers to craft their artistic visions, learn how to operate equipment and assist in the management and daily operations of an Equity scene shop.



While applications are accepted on a rolling basis, internships are available for either the Mainstage Season (September – May) or for the Summer Session (May – August).



They differ, but generally fall somewhere between 15-20 hours per week. For Administrative/Box Office Interns, that time might be exactly 20 hours per week during regular office hours. For a Technical Intern, that might mean two or three weeks of 40 hours, followed by three weeks of not coming to the theatre at all. For a Stage Management Intern, rehearsal times generally fall in the evenings but Interns may not be required to attend every rehearsal. We are flexible and will do all we can to accommodate outside schedules.

**All Interns are required to complete one 4-6 hour shift in the Administrative Office per week while not in production.



Internships are unpaid and open to anyone looking for theatre experience including undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates looking for an opportunity to work in a professional theatre setting. Several senior project opportunities are also available to high school seniors at the end of each spring semester. We do, however, train those interested in front-of-house duties (box office, bartender, house manager, etc) and interns may earn money performing those jobs in many instances.



To apply, simply fill out an application and email it along with a cover letter and your resume to Dobama's Assistant Managing Director Anne Bakan at
*Please note: we only accept electronic applications (no phone calls please)

Employment Opportunities

Bartender/ Concessions Manager (Part Time): Dobama Theatre intermittently seeks part-time Concessions Managers/Bartenders for our front-of house roster. The Concessions Manager/Bartender sets up 30 minutes before the theatre opens and works through the end of intermission. click here for full job posting

House Managers (Part Time): Dobama intermittently seeks House Managers for our front-of house roster.
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